In order to remedy the "mom, can we get Spaghetti O's for dinner?" question, I decided to make my own version.
Perhaps the conference had not intended to give us hope -- but rather to disrupt any complacency around the pace of change and the evolution of a national agenda around food policy.
With a little planning and a couple of hours one night per week, your fridge could look organized and ready for your week, just like mine.
The days of snacking on candy, soda and chips in schools may soon be over. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new proposed standards for snacks sold at schools.
I refuse to order fried chicken that arrives in a box, at room temperature and with no other fresh ingredients for my daughter's lunch. Instead, I make my own baked chicken strips one night every few weeks. I hope your family enjoys them as much as she does.
When it comes to packing fresh fruit in our children's school lunch, the difficulty often lies in how to pack it so it stays fresh through the lunch hour and making sure it doesn't go to waste.
Calling for a "delicious revolution," Alice Waters was a main draw at Saturday night's Sips & Suppers, a benefit raising money for D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha's Table. The mother of the slow food movement advocated "slow food ideas" -- and said that starts with providing free school lunch.
Kids are rebelling at the healthy food they feel is being shoved at them on a government spoon. Is there any winning with the 31-million American kids who participate in the National School Lunch Program?
Schools are powerful platforms for promoting healthier eating, food system reform and sustainability. Ignoring the health of employees puts a valuable asset at risk and misses a critical opportunity to activate school personnel as agents of change.
For those who heralded the new healthy eating regulations in schools, it may come as a shock to read about the reactions of students around the country. But our society is geared toward the overeating of mass-produced, nutritionally bankrupt food.
Myths about food are brought to us not only by those companies with a vested interest in promoting pesticides and biotechnology, but also by a host of less obvious sources.
Giving children equitable access to good food and the tools to lead healthy lives isn't a threat to their freedom. But condemning them to obesity and disease at an early age truly is.
The reality is that if we want kids to be excited to find something healthier than fast food in their school cafeteria, we have to do more than change what's on the lunch tray.
The subject of obesity shouldn't be taboo. We need to talk about its causes and what we can do as a society to address it because it is killing us.
Recently, we parents have been informed that our kids have done nothing but struggle every day of the new school year. Surprisingly, the struggle is occurring outside the classroom: It's taking place in the cafeteria, over the revamped, healthier school lunch.
Change is hard, but if all of us who care about student nutrition in school work together, we'll get there.